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Barry signing the latest Fury FC mid-season coup

By Carlos Verde, 08/07/19, 10:30AM EDT


Fury FC made waves in USL circles on Tuesday, when the club announced the signing of striker Hadji Barry.

The Guinean-born finisher joins the club with some serious pedigree in the United Soccer League, having averaged a goal every second game with Swope Park Rangers last season.

Like any club the world over, Fury has had an overall mixed bag with in-season additions; Barry, however, comes with a track record of success at this level, and is joining the club in the midst of its best regular-season run since 2015.

With the buzz generated by his addition, we figured this is a perfect moment to look back at some of the best mid-season acquisitions in club history.

Romuald Peiser, Goalkeeper

Photo: Steve Kingsman | Freestyle Ottawa

Coming directly from the Portuguese first division back in July 2014, Romuald Peiser instantly became one of the top shot-stoppers in the NASL and provided some much-needed veteran savvy.

Landing the Frenchman from Academica was a coup for then-boss Marc Dos Santos, and firmed up a Fury backline that had struggled in the early going of the club’s inaugural professional campaign.

Peiser went on to appear in 73 matches for Fury — departing the club at the end of 2016 — then won the last NASL title in 2017 alongside Dos Santos with the San Francisco Deltas. After retiring in 2018, he joined the USL’s Sacramento Republic as goalkeeper coach.

Ryan Richter, Defender

The addition of Richter — on loan from Toronto FC — on Canada Day back in 2014 was another step taken by Dos Santos to improve the quality of his squad’s defence.

Richter signed with Fury on a full-time basis the following season, and led the team in starts (32) and minutes played (2,910) as a rock at the back in 2015.

The Pennsylvania native returned home to join Bethlehem Steel the following year, then wound down his playing career in 2017 with the New York Cosmos. Richter is currently an academy coach with Bethlehem.

Eddie Edward, Defender

Photo: Steve Kingsman | Freestyle Ottawa

When Eddie Edward left FC Edmonton and signed with Fury FC midway through the 2016 season, it seemed like the fulfillment of a prophecy.

An Ottawa native with two separate stints with Fury during the club’s PDL era, Edward was a seasoned veteran of the second division by the time then-coach Paul Dalglish brought him home.

He would prove to be a stalwart for his hometown club, leading the club in minutes played by an outfield player (2,528) in his ninth and final professional season in 2018; he now works for the club in a front office role.

Honourable mentions include striker Tommy Stewart — the towering Northern Irish striker brought in by Dalglish in 2016 — and current Fury squad member Maxim Tissot.


Photo: Steve Kingsman | Freestyle Ottawa

Photo: Steve Kingsman | Freestyle Ottawa

The latter was a mid-2016 acquisition who appeared in 19 games for the club before embarking on a brief MLS stint, winning a championship with San Francisco and ultimately returning to the nation’s capital.

Fury FC returns home this Friday, August 2nd, for a date with the Birmingham Legion. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at TD Place.